March, 2012

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5 Key Elements of Modern Inbound Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Last week, I made the case for a new definition of inbound marketing , or as Michael Brenner ( @brennermichael ) called it in the comments, a “call to arms” for inbound marketers. The new definition: Inbound marketing is marketing focused on being found through the recommendation of others and delighting everyone that finds you. Your content is what makes finding you valuable.

Best Facebook Marketing Tips, Techniques and Tools of 2011, Part 2

Webbiquity

As it approaches one billion users, Facebook has evolved from a site where friends and family share photos to an online marketing juggernaut rivaling Google. And while its primary marketing value is on the B2C side, more than a third of B2B marketers also rate it as their most active social network. What common mistakes should marketers avoid? How can Facebook be used to support an SEO strategy?

The Top 5 Reasons People Don’t Do Social

B2B Marketing Insider

There is an observation in social media called “ Participation Inequality “ or the “ 1% rule “ that says that 1% of us create content, 9% of us share content and 90% of us are pure consumers of the content created. As a marketer, I feel like it is our role to at least be in the 9%, and ideally in the the 1% of active social users creating or sharing content. Value (12).

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7 Reasons Your Content Marketing Strategy Isn’t Working

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Guest post by {grow} Community Member Sarah Goliger. Not to mention, it also provides a great opportunity to create more ways to engage your website visitors and social media followers.  But while it is extremely important, having a good content strategy isn’t always easy.  Here are 7 reasons your content strategy might not be generating leads as effectively as it should be. 1.

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150 Content Marketing Tips

Drive traffic—and leads—with these tips for SEO, social media, content optimization, email marketing, and more.

3 Ways To Connect With Today’s B2B Buyers

Tony Zambito

Image via Wikipedia. This is part 4 of a limited series on why buyer choice modeling is the new view B2B Business must adopt to improve revenue performance and develop long lasting relationships with buyers. Connecting with today’s B2B buyers is on the minds of most CEO’s and their teams today.  Not too long ago, reaching and connecting with B2B buyers was a straight forward proposition. 

Recommended Books to Read

Puzzle Marketer

If you’re a leader that is constantly putting together all of the pieces to a marketing puzzle, chances are one of your mantra’s or beliefs in life is to never stop learning. You’re probably always keeping yourself up-to-date on the latest blogs, books, and magazines. You read about business, leadership, productivity, negotiation, marketing, social media, etc.

Pinterest: Who Pins Your Content & How Much Traffic Do They Drive

Digital B2B Marketing

The latest report shows Pinterest now drives more traffic than Twitter. You may want to know not just how much traffic Pinterest is driving but also what users are pinning your content and driving the most traffic. Fortunately for marketers, Pinterest is one of the easiest platforms to track. Here is how to get the same information about Pinterest, even if you aren’t using Pinterest.

Best LinkedIn Guides, Tips and Tactics of 2011

Webbiquity

While B2C marketers focus on Facebook, LinkedIn is consistently cited as the top social network for B2B marketing. Part of the reasoning is that while Facebook is good for sharing coupons, promoting events, and showcasing corporate culture to potential employees, LinkedIn is powerful at generating web traffic and leads. What’s the best way to start and grow a LinkedIn group?

Is Your Content Boring? Here’s 6 Steps To Great Content

B2B Marketing Insider

Does your content bore your audience to death? You may be surprised  if you asked them, or tracked the amount of engagement your content receives or looked at how often your audience shares your content with their friends and followers. Good content educates, entertains or even amazes your audience because it starts with a focus on them, not you. The Content Marketing Challenge. Blogs. Newsletters.

My five biggest blogging mistakes

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I am creeping up on 1,000 blog posts —  I’ve probably blogged “a bible!” ”  So I’ve been reflecting on what I would have done differently if I had to start all over. Here are some mistakes I’ve made, and sadly, in some cases, continue to make … 1) Pre-occupation with numbers. ” What a waste of time. There are no shortcuts. Arrrgh.

Content Marketing 2016: Staffing, Measurement, and Effectiveness

We surveyed 2016's content marketing leaders on their biggest issues, hurdles, and goals.

Infographic of the Week: 22 Ways to Create Compelling Content #infographic

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Copyblogger gives us a few ways to get over the content creation challenge that many of us feel (all too well!). Thanks guys, we all needed that! content production Infographics content creation content marketing

Email marketing: Overcoming message overload

The B2B Research Blog

I’ve always felt my groaning inbox bore testament to the popularity of email marketing.  Now my suspicions are confirmed. . The latest report in B2B Marketing’s Benchmark series reveals that a whopping nine in ten (88%) B2B marketers make use of the technique.  Remarkably, amongst those doing so almost one half (44%) broadcast emails once a week or more often. Click for enlarged infographic.

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A New Definition for Inbound Marketing

Digital B2B Marketing

Inbound marketing is a hot topic in B2B marketing. However, as more B2B marketers grab the inbound marketing flag, many will miss the two keys to making inbound marketing effective: Be found through the recommendation of others. Delight those that find you. ” The most common functional definition of inbound marketing is the combination of search, social and content. Social media?

8 Questions to Steer Your Marketing Priorities

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet You could be racing the finest Formula One car, but if you’re always steering in the wrong direction, even a horse and buggy will beat you to the finish line. So it is with marketing. Too many marketers think they can lead the pack by leveraging the hottest channels, software and platforms. But these tools, like race cars, are only effective when they’re steered in the right direction.

Study: How Much of Your Content Marketing Is Effective?

745 marketers told us how effective their content marketing is. Here's what we learned.

Content Curation And 12 More Content Marketing Terms Defined

B2B Marketing Insider

“Social Media” is so 91 days and 42 seconds ago…. Content Strategy and Content Marketing may be the marketing buzz words of 2012 but their meaning is still debated by the best consultants in the field, in the halls (or conference calls) of large organizations and on the trade show floors of today’s hottest marketing conferences. But I am certainly not the expert. What key terms are missing?

How to turn blog readers into brand advocates

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By  Srinivas  Rao, Contributing {grow} Columnist. If you have been blogging for more than a few months than you have super fans whether you know it or not. You just have to keep an eye out for them. Fortunately there some key indicators. They comment regularly. They send you personalized emails. They share EVERYTHING you write. But simply knowing who they are is not enough. Approachability.

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Your Top Priority Is Growing The SMB Revenue Base – Now What?

Tony Zambito

Do Your Research Before You Pick Up The Phone © All Rights Reserved Kenny Madden. This is part 1 of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of target buyer modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. . Another words, we are not getting significant real revenue growth from them.”. 500 listed companies across the globe. 

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12 Benefits of Blogging for B2B Marketers

B2B Marketing Traction

Is blogging worth it for B2B marketers? Here are 12 benefits business to business marketers can gain from blogging. 1. Add value for prospects and customers. Blog posts that include how-to information or provide insightful opinions about your industry serve your audience, create goodwill for your company, and move you away from just selling. 2. Create credibility for your business.

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Content Methodology: A Best Practices Report

If you're concerned that your organization's content marketing isn't as effective as it could be, this report is for you.

Why You Should Stop Mapping Content Formats to the Buyer’s Journey

Digital B2B Marketing

I have had it with “research” about the content formats B2B buyers prefer at each stage of the buyers journey. Multiple B2B publishers are pedaling this misinformation and as B2B marketers struggle with content marketing, it is diverting their focus. Here is one example from TechTarget : eBooks are earlier than white papers which are earlier than virtual trade shows? Yeah, right.

Lead Nurturing: Build trust, win more deals by helping prospects – not selling them

B2B Lead Generation Blog

Tweet Imagine this scenario: Boy meets girl. Boy asks girl out. On their first date, boy asks, “Will you marry me?” Girl says no. Boy promptly sends her phone number to the bottom of his list. Six months later, boy calls again. Want to marry me yet?” he asks. Girl rolls her eyes, hangs up and blocks his number. This is what lead nurturing is all about. Know whom you’re talking to. Tip #2. Tip #3.

LinkedIn and Twitter Advertising and Marketing Options; A Primer

NuSpark

LinkedIn and Twitter provide unique advertising opportunities for those who wish to target messages towards those audiences within these networks.  If you’re buying online display for lead generation, you should consider social media advertising opportunities. Below is a basic primer on the options for larger businesses who wish to take advantage and test these channels. Targeting. Job function.

Straight Talk on Social Media Gurus

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By Stanford Smith, Contributing {grow} Columnist. love experts. These folks have invested their own time and money learning something so I don’t have to.  My problem is with you.  Specifically, I think you are learning the wrong lessons from social media luminaries. Here are three common “crutches” that tend to mess up “expert groupies”: Thinking That “They Are Just Like Me!”

Staffing and Launching Your Content Marketing Program

Brand voice? Editorial calendar? Approval workflow? Learn how to craft the crucial parts of a content marketing program. In the third installment of our five-part playbook series, discover the necessary steps to execute a content marketing program.

Grow SMB Revenues With Buyer-Based Marketing

Tony Zambito

This is part 3 of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of buyer-based modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. . Buyer Persona © All Rights Reserved Cristian Cardenas. The sheer size of the SMB makes for a daunting task for any organization intent on marketing to the SMB segment.  The U.S. Getting Descriptive.

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The 5 New Must-Have B2B Marketing Skills

It's All About Revenue

by Elle Woulfe | Tweet this It always comes down to skills. When marketers talk about what’s holding them back – skills. When the demand generation engine is stuck in neutral – skills. When the CMO is unimpressed – skills. B2B marketing is changing. And lots of modern marketing departments lack the fundamental skills they need to keep and drive real demand. And many of these skills may not be top of mind. Here are the 5 must-have skills that B2B marketing departments need to build a demand generation machine. 1. Content Marketing. To generate leads and revenue, you need to offer something.

Online Persuasion: Seeing Through the Eyes of Customers

Writing on the Web

There’s an important shift in  content marketing  tactics that affects professionals who want to  get found, get known and get clients online. And that shift means a different mindset. Not too long ago I came across a great blog post. There was a picture of a pair of glasses lying on a bench with this caption:  Don’t you wish you could see through your customers’ glasses?

12 (of the) Best Social PR Guides, Tips and Techniques of 2011

Webbiquity

What is the distinction between “traditional” public relations (PR) and online / interactive / social PR? Is there really a difference anymore—or is the boundary blurring? One part of the confusion stems from the fact that in PR, as in many other crafts, the tools change and advance but the fundamental skills required remain the same. Small Business…Big Coverage! by Blogging PRWeb.

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Marketing Optimization Toolkit: The Science behind Marketing Analytics

Marketers are well-versed in the art and science of optimization.

The One Chart Every Marketer Needs To Understand

B2B Marketing Insider

Last year I announced that  change was coming to B2B Marketing  and urged marketers to get ready… Earlier this week I wrote about the decline of trust in traditional news media, CEOs and government officials and the corresponding  rise of the employee-brand. Remember those numbers: 40-50%. This week, Mark J. Henry Blodget’s prediction was actually conservative. Lessons for Marketers.

Always measure your social media effort. Except when you shouldn’t.

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Matt Ridings is one of the most intellectually challenging and entertaining friends I have made on Twitter. During a recent debate on {grow} about social media measurement he chimed in with such a smart counter-point that I wanted to provide it as a feature for the entire {grow} community … Guest post by {grow} community member Matt Ridings. Social media measurement. ” Agree?

New Infographic: B2B Lead Generation & Content Marketing Trends

NuSpark

Presenting my first infographic. The infographic summarizes key data from a variety of research reports covering B2B and technology lead generation, media strategy, and content marketing trends, from initial solution research to lead nurturing. Here are links to the specific research studies noted on the Infographic: 2012 B2B Marketing Benchmark Report, Marketing Sherpa, Sponsored by Marketo.

6 Tools for Turning Content Consumers into Customers

It's All About Revenue

by Jesse Noyes | Tweet this Maybe no one needs to sell you on content marketing. You’ve got some guidance on how to map content to the buyer’s journey. But perhaps you’re still wondering what tools can help make the path smoother. From blogging to email, there are so many touches in the journey from someone first finding your content to becoming a customer that it can feel overwhelming.

Content Marketing Playbook: Strategy and Roadmap

Every brand’s content roadmap is different; each path to success is unique to that brand’s story, perspective, assets, and goals. But there is an overarching approach that’s proven to work—one we’ve refined after helping hundreds of brands reach their content marketing goals and after speaking with some of the brightest minds in the industry.

5 Uses for Your Business Blog

Writing on the Web

Maintaining a business blog is time-consuming. However, if you have clear objectives in mind, the effort very well could be worth your while. As you establish your blog, define your goals to determine whether to keep it alive. Below are five common uses for feeding regular content into a business blog. photo courtesy digitalart ). 1. Raw Sales. Company and Industry News. Customer Service.

Are You Communicating Synchronously in an Asynchronous World?

Avitage

We live in a world that prefers to receive information asynchronously. But we tend to focus on using live, synchronous delivery methods. This is a key source of high costs and low results in every area of a business. cannot overstate the importance of this idea and distinction, as well as the implication for individuals and organizations. First, some simple definitions. Synchronous communications happen at the same time with all participants. Synchronous communications tend to be traditional voice-based conversations to deliver intended messages. According to Gerhard Gschwandtner from Selling.

Inbound Marketing: Do You Have A Content Destination?

B2B Marketing Insider

B2B Marketers have always been doing content marketing. And the reason is simple: the decision making process in B2B is a bit more complicated than buying a pack of gum. There are colleagues to convince, bosses to educate, accountants to please and more. zzzzzzzzzz (snore). Dynamic content destinations are needed to develop the kind of two-way dialogues that form the basis of solid relationships.

How does social media affect trust and your brand?

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By Contributing {grow} Columnist “Social Steve” Goldner. You want successful social media marketing for your company or brand?  Think “Trust Marketing.”  You can say you heard it here on the {grow} blog first. In 2009, Chris Brogan and Julien Smith released their book Trust Agents.  But I am talking about something different here.  Stop and think of your brand’s position. 

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B2B Marketing Trends for 2016

25 B2B marketing thought leaders answer the question "What do you expect to B2B marketers to be doing more of or differently in 2016?" The results are amazing insights around content marketing, achieving business results, alignment, employee advocacy, new technologies, customer experience and more.

How To Get To Know The New SMB Buyer

Tony Zambito

© All Rights Reserved Peter Schofield. This is part 2 of a series on the challenge of targeting SMB markets and how the use of buyer modeling and buyer-based marketing help organizations to grow their SMB customer base. . In the first article of this series, we visited two new realities.  The second reality is that they are finding a very different buyer this time around than in the past. 

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